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The below information is for reference only. We will continue to evaluate and adapt to changing COVID-19 guidance and adjust operations as needed.

The National Park Service is working service-wide with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic. Based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, access to Mammoth Cave National Park includes cave tours, the park visitor center, campgrounds, trails for hiking, biking and equestrian use, waterways, roads, and in-park concessions operations such as lodging, food and beverage and retail.

While these areas are accessible for visitors to enjoy, a return to full operations will continue to be phased, and services may be limited. When recreating, please follow local area health orders and recreate responsibly by keeping social distance, wearing a face covering when social distance cannot be maintained, avoiding high risk activities, and staying home if you feel sick.

The CDC has offered guidance to help people recreating in parks and open spaces prevent the spread of infectious diseases. We will continue to monitor all park functions to ensure that visitors adhere to CDC guidance for mitigating risks associated with the transmission of COVID-19 and take any additional steps necessary to protect public health.

 

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Roads and Ferry

Park Roads & Green River Ferry Status can change without advanced warning. For the most up-to-date ferry status information follow the Mammoth Cave Roads and Ferry Twitter feed or call the Green River Ferry Hotline at (270) 758-2166.

The Green River Ferry is open for service seven days a week from 6 am to 9:55 pm CST. Commuters should anticipate an additional closure of the ferry later in the summer. Learn more about the Green River Ferry Improvement Projects.

 

Campgrounds

Mammoth Cave Campground: Open
Maple Springs Group Campground: Open
Houchin Campground: Closed due to high water.

 

Trail Conditions

Front Country Trails: Some trails subject to intermittent closure.
Due to ongoing construction projects with the Green River canoe and kayak launch and Echo River Springs Trail foot bridge, some trails in the area are subject to intermittent closure. This trail status will remain in place until mid-February. Contact the Visitor Center for status.

Affected trails:

  • Echo River Springs Trail, and Green River Ferry parking area.

Backcountry Trails: Open

 

Construction Projects

Green River Ferry Improvement Projects

Work is continuing to complete the last steps of a vehicle ramp extension project for the Green River Ferry. Additional projects in the Green River Ferry day-use area include the construction of a new canoe and kayak launch site and a foot bridge on the Echo River Springs Trail. Some closures may occur due to construction in this area of the park.

Mammoth Cave Trail Rehabilitation Project

The Grand Avenue and Wild Cave Tours are temporarily closed. The trail work will improve the walking path, stairs, handrails, seating and resource issues along approximately two miles of trail. The entire project is scheduled to take 18-20 months to complete. Other tours in the park are open to visitors as usual.

Wondering Woods Cave

Work is continuing on a construction project in Wondering Woods Cave. The trail work will improve the walking path, stairs, and handrails.

Road Repaving

Several roads and parking areas on the south side of the park are undergoing repaving. Drivers may experience minor delays during the project. The pavement preservation project is being coordinated by the United States Federal Highway Administration and National Park Service and will extend the life of the paved areas throughout the park that will be resurfaced during this project.

 

Air Quality Webcam

The park maintains an air quality monitoring station near the visitor center overlooking the Green River.

 

River Level

In cooperation with the US Geological Survey, the park maintains a water level monitoring station on the Green River inside the park boundary.

Last updated: March 1, 2021

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 7
Mammoth Cave, KY 42259-0007

Phone:

(270) 758-2180

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